- VOCs are chemicals that can be found in regular household products and items
- VOCs infiltrate your home’s air anytime these products are used
- It is important to take precautions against VOCs to ensure good air quality
What are VOCs? “VOC” stands for “volatile organic compounds.” VOCs are chemicals that exist in regular household products and items. These chemicals contribute to poor air quality. Unfortunately, it can be very challenging to locate the specific source of your household’s VOCs, but it is safe to assume that most household products and items are capable of releasing VOCs.
Locate Your VOCs:
VOCs can be found in cleaning products, chemical strippers, waxes, various paints, and pesticides. VOCs can also be released into the air by furniture, electronic equipment, air fresheners, dry-cleaned clothes, and floor coverings. Anything that has been treated chemically or manufactured can produce VOCs. VOCs infiltrate your home’s air anytime these products are used and sometimes even when they are stored.
What You Can Do:
It is important to take precautions against VOCs to ensure good air quality. You can minimize the effect of VOCs by following a few simple rules: Never mix cleaning supplies. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and use the cleaning supplies as directed. If you are cleaning your home or re-painting, make sure there is sufficient ventilation and air flow. Open as many windows as you can and consider using a fan to help keep fresh air circulating. Finally, store any questionable products in air-tight places and follow all special instructions on the label.
VOCs can be dangerous and often lead to poor air quality. Take the time to make sure you are doing everything you can to guard against free floating VOCs in your home.